Tanya Pope, AVP, University Supplier, Diversity & Business Integration, Construction Business Initiatives
Tanya Pope is Assistant Vice President for University Supplier Diversity and Business Integration at Columbia University. Working in the Facilities and Operations Department, she is responsible for sourcing capable, diverse vendors to support the University’s construction projects and business initiatives. In addition, she oversees reporting and community projects related to Columbia University’s agreements for its Manhattanville Campus expansion with the community, City and State of New York.
Last year, Pope and her team launched CU Grow: Vendor Development Leadership, a program designed to help select MWL businesses that are currently university vendors, to grow their business through a coaching program with a curriculum designed by the Columbia University School of Professional Studies. The launch of CU Grow followed the conclusion of the multi-year, Columbia University/Corporate Alliance MWL Construction Trades Certificate Mentorship Program, which Ms. Pope also helped shape and implement.
Prior to re-joining Columbia University, Ms. Pope worked in the in the nonprofit sector, with the NYC Department of Small Business Services and in business development roles in entertainment, publishing and travel. She holds a Bachelor’s in Communications Management and a Master’s in Leadership and Strategic Management, both from Manhattanville College.